A trip to the iconic Blue Mountains region in NSW presented our clients from Blacktown Community Centre with sensory experiences and the opportunity to learn more about our country’s natural wonders and heritage.

Afford lifestyle assistants and clients, Ryan, Michael, Matthew and Jacob, headed up to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains to visit the renowned Three Sisters attraction.

Though the day was a little overcast and there was lots of mist and fog around, everyone enjoyed the fresh air and smell of the trees on the breeze.

The four friends walked along the boardwalks and were able to get up close to the amazing rock formations that make up this iconic NSW attraction.

The rock colours and textures were interesting to see and touch. During their walk, Ryan, Michael, Matthew and Jacob were surprised to spot several animal statues lazing on rocks along the track.

During the visit, the groups learned about the legend behind the Three Sisters rock formations.

The Aboriginal dream-time legend retells:

The three sisters, ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and ‘Gunnedoo’ lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe.

These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry.

The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle.

As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. 

While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. 

As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.

The day was filled with lots of learning and new experiences.

Find out more about Afford Community Centres across Australia and the many wonderful day trips to enjoy with support.

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